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Nigerian govt identifies schools at risk of attacks amidst surge in abductions

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Amidst a surge in mass abductions of students, the Nigerian government has pinpointed schools in 14 states and Abuja as susceptible to attacks.

Hajia Halima Iliya, the national coordinator of the state-run Financing Safe Schools in Nigeria, disclosed that the agency has gathered data to inform intervention strategies.

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Established following the 2014 Chibok abduction, the agency aims to prevent similar incidents.

According to the agency, states including Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Benue, Yobe, Katsina, Abuja, Kebbi, Sokoto, Plateau, and Zamfara are deemed most at risk.

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These revelations coincide with a surge in kidnappings across Nigeria.

Over the weekend, more than a dozen students and four women were abducted from a school in Gada, Sokoto, exacerbating the country’s abduction crisis.

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Parents of the abducted students are appealing to the government for assistance in securing their release.

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